Tag Archives: Kadir Nelson

If You Plant a Seed

With very few words and gorgeous paintings, Kadir Nelson tells a beautiful story of sharing and bounty. A bunny and a mouse plant a small garden, and are all set to eat the produce when the birds show up. A … Continue reading

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I Have A Dream

Kadir Nelson illustrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s dream using the words of that well-known speech. Nelson creates a balance between history and a vision for the future:  We see both Dr. King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial … Continue reading

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Mama Miti

A biography that reads like a legend, Mama Miti is a superb literature choice to study Kenya, wisdom and environmental renewal. Wangari Muta Maathai, a.k.a. Mama Miti, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, a first for an African woman. One … Continue reading

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Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

All of the angst of a child born into slavery and yearning for freedom is poured into Kadir Nelson‘s artwork of Henry, a real person who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden crate. Ellen Levine‘s story weaves fact and … Continue reading

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Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Resolve to be honest at all events and if you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.  Choose some other occupations. Abraham Lincoln’s own words are sprinkled throughout the text in this beautiful biography, … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Wings

From big feet to dancing the role of a lifetime, Dancing in the Wings is a modern day fairy tale by dancer Debbie Allen. Sassy is taller than her fellow dancers, has bigger feet and an attitude to match her … Continue reading

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A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

There is beauty about a story that brings together perseverance, finding one’s place in the world and fighting a battle for the country.   All this and sports too.  And it’s a true story.  I don’t know what it is … Continue reading

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Kadir Nelson is one of the best contemporary illustrators out there as can be seen in this uplifting and glowing picture book. Use it to discuss African-American spirituals and their origins. Use it for facial expression and feelings, generating vocabulary … Continue reading

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